Tierrasanta Drought Tolerant Front Yard

Turf removal replaced with stone mulch and low water use ground cover.

Before & After

Our second installation at this Tierrasanta residence, this time with turf removal! The existing grass was performing marginally in this afternoon sun-soaked front yard, so our clients wanted to remove it and match the other landscape opposite the driveway.

Project Description

Single-family residence in Tierrasanta converting front yard lawn to drought tolerant ground cover and small stone mulch.

Project Details

Location Tierrasanta, San Diego, CA
Date Completed 2017
Features Lawn removal, soil amendment, boulders and stone mulch, wood mulch path, ground cover install using Dymondia margaratae
Budget $$

Three months from lawn to establishing ground cover.

Turf Removal Without Poisons

As ecological designers, we try our best to eliminate pesticides from our installs. While some may claim that they do no harm, be believe that their use should be avoided at all costs.

These grasses are nutsedge (Cyperus spp.) and are best removed mechanically, but this can take some time. These grasses didn’t show until three weeks after we first removed the turf. With patience and time, you can control and eradicate them from an installation without chemical treatments.

Silver Carpet Ground Cover

Dymondia margaretae, aka Silver Carpet, is a slow spreading ground cover that, once established,
can help reduce irrigation needs. This thick, mat forming plant can handle light traffic, but does best in uncompacted soils on a flatter surfaces.


"These guys are artists on a mission to change the world :) Their design is grounded in ecological sustainability (water conservation, restoration of native, drought-tolerant landscapes while growing foods, and healing the landscape) without compromising aesthetics and function."

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